THE Mount Huang

The Mount Huang lies in Anhui province. It is called "Huang" because, allegedly, Huang emperor had been here refining his pills and cultivating his moral character. Mount Huang ranks first among all scenic hills in China. All visitors praised it. For example, the famous geographer Xu Xiake said: "Mount Huang renders all hills obscure", "No hill deserves my visit after I returned from the Five Mountains, and the Five Mountains do not deserve my visit after I returned from Mount Huang". The scenery in Mount Huang is famous for its "strange pine", "strange stone", "sea of clouds", and hot spring. The pine trees grow tall and sturdy with green, vigorous branches; the stones resemble various things; the sea of clouds looks like a turbulent sea, vast and misty; the springs spout water year round.


These stamps show 16 scenic spots in Mount Huang.

The 16-1 is Jade Peak.

The 16-5 is Capital Peak.

The 16-9 is the Lotus Peak. They are the three highest peaks of Mount Huang. The Lotus Peak measures 1,873 meters above sea level, the highest among the three. The Capital Peak appears to be the most precipitous one. Legend says all the mountains meet here. Therefore it is called the capital of heaven.

The 16-2 is "Greeting Pine" stands in the south of the Jade Peak, taking roots through clefts in rocks. One of its sturdy branches stretches out just like a host's arm greeting guests. This wonderful figure has made that tree worldwide famous. Many decorative pictures, photos depict it; among

them, one iron picture is in the Great Hall of People.

The 16-8 is "A dream of a blooming stone pen" is a scenic spot in the northeast of the Mountain where a rock emerges upright from a flat ground. It looks like a pen; on its peak, a strange-looking pine tree grows, twisting and spiraling up, just like a flower in bloom. Below the peak, lying there is a strange rock like a man sleeping. That tells why this scenic spot is so called.

The 16-16 is "Three islands in Penglai" is another scenic spot on the Jade Peak in the south of the Mount Huang. There are three peaks of uneven heights. Sturdy and green pine trees grow on their tops, misty white clouds drifting around. What a fairyland, like the Penglai paradise in the East Sea where gods and angels live, as legends say. This scenic spot is thus called "three islands in Penglai Paradise". The rest of ten are also scenic spots on Mount Huang.

The 16-3 is "pine stone in the back sea".

The 16-4 is a cool platform.

The 16-6 is called scissors peak.

The 16-7 is pine forest.

The 16-10 is called the waves in the west sea.

The 16-11 is an ancient pine on Mount Huang.

The 16-12 is looking at the tides in the east sea.

The 16-13 is stalagmite peak.

The 16-14 is called a monkey looking at the sea.

The 16-15 is a lion forest.

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